The Fagan home is abustle now that school is complete, and the long-awaited summer is underway. We are taking full advantage of the crisp mornings by getting chores done and out of the way well before eight o’clock, and then we spend our time basking in the balminess of the afternoon warmth, sipping citrus-infused water and reading in the warm sunlight. Sneak in there time for summer homeschooling sessions, baking some ambrosial honey-infused dishes, and testing out new homemade personal-care items, we have truly been filling those hours of extra daylight the summer so graciously offers us.
Here are the happenings around here during this first week of June…
~The peonies are in full bloom, painting our landscaping with breathtaking pink vibrancy.
~Learning doesn’t stop over the summer months. The girls and I spend the first hour or two of each day completing a few homeschooling lessons. My heart melts when my little ones say, “I love summertime when you can be our teacher Mommy.” Love.
~I came up with a lovely vegetarian spin to a lip balm recipe I found in Long Way on a Little by Shannon Hayes.
~A. MAZE. ING. “Everyday Oat Bread.” Better watch out Tyler, because I think I have a new love. The recipe can be found in Amanda Blake Soule’s The Rhythm of Family.
~Our first attempt at growing hot peppers seems to be working out so far. Fingers crossed.
~I’m not quite sure if there is a better combination: sun, wine and good reads.
~My girls actually came up with the idea of drinking “fancy water” (as they call it 🙂 ) while we catch some rays outside.
~A fairy garden in full bloom. Such a beautiful birthday gift for a four year old little girl.
~Salad for dinner with greens from our garden, topped with a dandelion vinaigrette. The vinaigrette recipe can be found in Taproot Magazine Issue 1 :: Soil.
~It’s strawberry time! Woohoo!
~Oh the garden…Always work to be done, but always a place of peace and beauty.
~And for a snack after all of that energy is expended in the garden: “Holiday Rounds” from Keeping Bees by Ashley English. Another great dessert that uses no refined sugar. Yummy.
What have you been up to lately? Share a link to your early June happenings in the comment section.